Q&A: What weight is ok for a tummy tuck?
posted on 8/4/2014
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what weight is ok for a tummy tuck 5/5 200pound is that ok
There is no simple answer to that question and different surgeons have different criteria. In general, that is pretty heavy for an abdominoplasty but wouldn't rule it out entirely. The important thing to understand is that obesity increases the risk of surgical and anesthetic complications including wound disruption, blood clots, pulmonary problems etc. Your age and general health and other factors such as smoking history all come into play. These are things you would discuss with your surgeon during a consultation. Also, there are options other than a full abdominoplasty that can be considered that carry a lower overall risk.
--HOWARD A TOBIN, MD, FACS
I think that you would benefit from abdominoplasy and liposuction (tummy tuck with liposuction). Your body mass index (BMI) comes in at 34 which is within my limits. I usually perform the procedure in the office as an outpatient. The use of pain pumps reduces the post operative discomfort significantly. Tummy tuck with liposuction is one of the highest patient satisfaction procedures I perform.
--William Georgis, M.D.
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